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e-626 (Ethiopia)

Initiated by Astatke Belay from Edmonton, Alberta

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, State security forces in Ethiopia have used excessive and lethal force against largely peaceful protests, which has resulted in hundreds of protesters killed and thousands injured across the country;
  • According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, Members and leaders of opposition parties as well as protesters summarily rounded up and executed;
  • According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, thousands of innocent Ethiopians, men women and youth, mainly from the Amhara and Oromia regions, are continuously subject to violent persecution, torture, arbitrary deportation or detention in concentration camps;
  • In response to the on-going crackdown, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has called for access for independent observers to the country to assess the human rights situation with Ethiopia’s government rejecting this call; and
  • This crisis left unchecked, is escalating to a humanitarian catastrophe.
We, the undersigned, Citizens (or residents) of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to • Condemn atrocities being committed by the Ethiopian government on peaceful protesters;
• urgently pressure the Ethiopian government to stop the use of excessive and lethal force on peaceful protesters;
• pressure the Ethiopian government to allow access for independent UN observers;
• pressure the Ethiopian government to engage with all opposition groups in peaceful, inclusive dialogue; and
• Suspend economic and diplomatic support to the government in Ethiopia until it stops its lethal repression and advise the Canadian diplomatic mission in Ethiopia to set diplomatic priorities accordingly.
Open for signature
October 27, 2016, at 10:12 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 24, 2017, at 10:12 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Peter Julian
New Westminster—Burnaby
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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